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Incarcerated Women and Trauma-Informed Yoga Study in STL

Guest post by Katherine Kelton, Saint Louis University Diversity Fellow. Women are the fastest growing population in our nation’s prisons and jails. Since the 1980’s, the rate at which women are incarcerated has increased by 700%.1Each year, 60,000 to 72,000 women are released from prison. Unfortunately, an average of 60% will be reincarcerated within 3 years.2 When returning to their communities, often concentrated in economically disadvantaged areas, the physical and mental health of these women

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MLK: Honoring a Great Yogi

On Monday, January 21st, 2019, Americans and people across the world will partake in festivities celebrating the life, legacy, and loving sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.– a man who brought hope and healing to the world. On this holiday, St. Louis is prepared to do its fair share of commemorating the unconditional love, forgiveness, and nonviolence that embodied Dr. King’s revolutionary spirit through a plethora of scheduled events. There is the annual MLK

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STL Veterans: Hope to see you on the mat!

November 11th is Veteran’s Day, which is a time we honor those who have dedicated their time in service to our country.  This year, we are hoping to use it as an opportunity to meet more Veterans on the yoga mat throughout the St. Louis area! Since 2016, Yoga Buzz has been working with VA St. Louis Healthcare System to support the growth of their yoga programming to Veterans.  These days, their yoga classes as part of

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21 Sun Salute for Down Syndrome

guest post by Michelle Abounader Injury-related removal from competitive triathlons put me in that depressing place of exercise deprivation…then I found yoga. Decades later, I still marvel at the delicious brain buzz that yoga creates. When my world was rocked with the news of my newborn’s health situation, yoga became my touchstone as I dealt with chromosomal abnormality (Trisomy 21), a hole in her heart, and a debilitating type of epilepsy which, if uncured, had a mortality

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The Pillars of Trauma-Informed Yoga

How we can use this approach in yoga studios and beyond. Guest Post by Casey Mitchell Nearly every person in the world has experienced some kind of trauma in their life, whether they realize it or not: natural disasters, war, abuse, death, divorce, and many, many more. We bring these experiences into the world with us as we walk around daily; then onto the mat when we step into a studio or simply our living

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Continuing Yoga Education

I remember early on in my yoga teaching adventure hearing someone say, “The fastest way to ruin your yoga practice is to become a teacher.”  My immediate response was shock and horror – not me!  No way!  I would be as forever committed to my yoga mat as I was at that very moment. Over the years, I began to recognize the truth to the statement.  Becoming a yoga teacher oftentimes takes us away from

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